The Internet of Things Will Make Millions Selling Your Personal Data


Tech companies that make connected devices like FitBits and Nest thermostats are in an plum position. They rake in revenue every time someone buys their product, leaving the freeloaders to Facebook and Twitter. But the real prize isn't the cost of the device, it's your personal data. » 4/19/14 2:24pm 4/19/14 2:24pm

Auto-Pause When You Fall Asleep Is the Best Netflix Hack

Falling asleep while watching Netflix is the worst. Invariably you miss all the meat of whatever you're watching, and snap awake to the closing credits (or your morning alarm). Ugh. But a bunch of Netflix engineers have a (theoretical) solution: a Fitbit hack that pauses your stream when the wearable senses you've… » 2/28/14 10:34am 2/28/14 10:34am

Sony's SmartBand Activity Tracker Is Real and Coming In March

Back in January at CES, we got a very brief look at Sony's first activity tracker, dubbed The Core. It's a tiny little pod that can be worn on your wrist in its SmartBand, or tucked discreetly into your pocket. The CES announcement was really just a tease, but finally a few more details have been unloosed, including… » 2/24/14 2:45am 2/24/14 2:45am

Fitbit Flex, Your New IPS Monitor, And Also Batman [Deals]

Big holiday meals beget ambitious New Year's resolutions, so you should treat yourself or your loved ones to a tool that helps you shed a few pounds and live a healthier lifestyle. The Fitbit Flex, normally $100 and rarely discounted, is available for $68 today from Best Buy using code bloggers15off. [Best Buy via … » 12/10/13 1:55pm 12/10/13 1:55pm

Fitbit Force Review: A Health Tracker You'd Actually Keep Wearing

Last year, the Fitbit One was our favorite fitness tracker. It had a great design, solid accuracy for steps and floors climbed, and a nice screen. The only problem was that it was so easy to accidentally leave in a pair of pants. To combat this, the company created the Fitbit Flex, its first wrist-worn product.… » 10/30/13 3:00pm 10/30/13 3:00pm

The Fitbit Force Hands-On: Ahh, This Is More Like It

Fitbit did a lot of things very right when it made the One, its tiny activity-tracking pod. But then the company—caving to peer pressure from the likes of Nike—made the Fitbit Flex wristband. There's nothing wrong with that form-factor, but the Flex lost a lot of the functionality that made the One so great, and it… » 10/10/13 9:00am 10/10/13 9:00am

Fitbit Flex Hands On: The King's Reign Might Be Over

We just got a few minutes with Fitbit's new Flex activity tracker. From the look of it, they've basically just reengineered the One, made it smaller, taken out the altimeter and shoved it into a wristband. Double tap the band and a stream of five tiny LEDs notify you of how many goals you've reached for the day. So… » 1/07/13 10:19pm 1/07/13 10:19pm

Fitbit Flex Gives Nike's Fuelband a Run for Its Money

We liked the Fitbit One activity tracker, but there was some convenience lacking. While its pebble-like form-factor was very discreet, it meant you always had to take it out and put it in a special arm band if you wanted to monitor your sleep, then return it to your pants in the morning. And which pants did you forget… » 1/07/13 9:00am 1/07/13 9:00am